. The Women ‘Fighting For Freedom’ In Belarus « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR/Women have been at the forefront of protests against the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko, whose claim of victory in an August election is widely disputed. Holding flowers and flags, they gather weekly, risking arrest, harassment and beating by security forces.

“The face of what is happening in Belarus is largely the face of women,” says Melanne Verveer, the Georgetown institute’s executive director and a former U.S. ambassador at large for women’s issues. This, she says, is something “unexpected in a region largely male-dominated, certainly in politics.”

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